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Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated: 12/30/2017 by PAFEAdmin

These are the questions, and you want the answers. To see an answer, click on a question.

What information do I need in order to register for the Festival?
I can't remember my sign-in name or my password, what do I do?
Can I pay registration fees with a credit or debit card?
May I make a video of my student's adjudication?
Can I use a recording in place of a live accompanist?
What happens if I win an award?
What do I do if I get scared?
I am a teacher. Can I see the registration information for my students?
When I perform in the Festival, must I play my pieces in the order they appear in the schedule?
What are the dates of the next Festival?
Who is eligible to enter the Festival?
What is the registration deadline?
What are the registration fees?
Where do I send the registration form?
When will the student be notified of his or her performance times?
Will PAFE also notify the student's teacher and accompanist?
Must each member of an ensemble register for the ensemble class separately?


I can't remember my sign-in name or my password, what do I do?

If you have already created your account with our registration site, your sign-in name is your or your parent's email address. In fact, everyone in the family will log in with the parent's email address. The log-in form on the registration site has a link that says 'Forgot your password?'. Use that link to find the information you need to log in. You will not sign in to the PAFE site at all this year.

What information do I need in order to register for the Festival?

First, read the Syllabus Rules and Eligibility.

You are required to have read this page before registering for any classes. If you do not read it, you or your child could be disqualified for a rule you didn't know about, and that would be awful.

Each Sign-In account must have a complete Profile that includes the following:

  • Full name.
  • E-mail address.
  • Home address with City, State and Zip.
  • At least one phone number.
  • A birthdate.

After your profile is complete, then you can register for the Festival, and you will need:

  • The name of the student's school and grade level. Home schooled children must select a grade level appropriate for their age.
  • Ensembles must have a name (i.e. "Fooble Trio"), and all members must be listed on the registration.
  • The full name of the student's music teacher.
  • The full title (including Opus numbers if any) of the pieces you will perform, and the full name of the composer of each piece. (Only the last name for a composer is not appropriate for the programs.)

Can I pay registration fees with a credit or debit card?

Yes. When you complete your registration, you will have an invoice, which can be paid with a credit or debit card on the registration site. A fully paid invoice will qualify you to be scheduled into a class.

What happens if I win an award?

After each performer in a class or section has performed, and the adjudicator has shared comments with the group, he or she will complete the forms for the students, then give every performer a PAFE Performance Certificate. The adjudication forms are sent to to the Fellowship Hall where a Registrar will enter the First Place, Second Place, and Honorable Mention awards into the web site, and the winners are posted on the board. Award winners must pick up their award certificates at the back table. PAFE does not mail the certificates. We will also Tweet an announcement of the winners. Follow us at @PAFEMusic on Twitter.com

First Place winners must go to the table at the back of the Fellowship Hall and fill out a form where they choose which Eastside Artists Concert they want to perform in, and the piece they will play.

After all sections of the class are finished and posted, an Email notice will be sent to the winners, their parents, their teachers, and if their accompanists have PAFE accounts, then also to the accompanists. We will also Tweet the winners of each class. Best of Division and other major awards are kept secret until certificates from each adjudicator and the other awards are presented at the Eastside Artists Concerts.

What do I do if I get scared?

Performing for an audience is a little bit like riding a roller coaster or some other ride at the fair. It can be a bit scary, but that's part of the fun.

Before you begin, imagine how it felt to perform at rehearsal on a day when the music went really well. Focus on the music, and that will help block out any distractions.

What are the dates of the next Festival?

The 2018 Festival adjudications are from April 3 through April 7 at various times between 8:30 AM and 5:30 PM, with the Concerto Playoff Concert at 7:00 PM on April 6th, and the four Eastside Artists Concerts on Saturday April 14th at 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and on Sunday April 15th at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

Who is eligible to enter the Festival?

All individuals and ensembles must be in a regular program of music study under the direction of a recognized teacher or director, and must have studied for a minimum of one year.

Anyone living in western Washington or studying with a teacher in western Washington may participate in the Festival. However, at our location, there is a limit to the number of performers we can accept, so those who register and pay their fees early are more likely to get into the Festival.

Yes, even if you are well over 50 years of age, you can perform in the festival as long as you are studying with a teacher. Virtually all teachers work with students your age.

May I make a video of my student's adjudication session?

No. Recording of any kind - audio, video, or digital - is not allowed during the adjudications. You are welcome, however, to record your child's performance in one of the Eastside Artists Concerts, as long as you do not disturb other audience members.

What is the registration deadline?

Registrations can be submitted online until about midnight on Monday, February 28, 2018, unless the paid registrations for a division have reached the maximum time available for the Festival. In that case, the registration for that division will close early. In 2016, all divisions closed early, and in 2017, all but one closed early.

Unlike past years, there are no forms to mail, and your teacher does not need to sign anything.

What are the registration fees?

The fee for performers in preschool to grade 6 is $40.
For soloists in grades 7 to 12, the fee is $45.
The fee for college and adult entrants is $50.
The fee for an ensemble of any age is $50.

Where do I send the registration form?

Do not send copies of your registration forms to PAFE. All registration and payments will be through the registration website

What about accompanists?

If your performance piece was created with an accompaniment, you must have a live accompanist, and must provide your own accompanist. The Festival does not provide accompanists, except in the Opera class, where PAFE provides a professional accompanist with specific background in opera.

Can I use a recording in place of a live accompanist?

No. If your performance piece was created with an accompaniment, you must use a live accompanist. There are many wonderful accompanists that play at the Festival. Recorded accompaniments are not allowed.

When will the student be notified of his or her performance times?

The schedule will be available on our registration site no later than March 19, 2018. No other notice is provided.

Will PAFE also notify the student's teacher and accompanist?

When the registration is submitted on the website an e-mail notice is sent to the registrant, and to the parent if the student is a minor.

It will not be possible for PAFE to send individual notices by snail mail. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with his or her teacher and accompanist about the performance time(s). It is also good practice to confirm the schedule with them again a day or so before your performance, because schedules sometimes change before the Festival begins. The schedule will be posted on our registration website at least two weeks before the festival begins.

I am a teacher. Can I see the registration information for my students?

Not this year. We are hoping to provide more support and involvement with teachers next year.

When I perform in the Festival, must I play my pieces in the order they appear in the schedule?

No, you can play them in any order you wish. Before you begin each piece, tell your audience and the adjudicator the title of your piece and the full name of the composer.

Must each member of an ensemble register separately for the ensemble class?

No. One member of the ensemble must register the ensemble in the class corresponding to the oldest member of the group, and list the full names of all members and their instruments in the registration. The fee for the class includes all members that are listed with the registration at no extra charge.


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